Music Theory Program

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Take the mystery out of the MIDI grid by mastering harmony, melody, and form.

In this online class, we will focus on learning how to organize pitches and rhythms to make dynamic and interesting melodies and harmonies. No experience with music theory, playing an instrument, or reading music is necessary. We will be focusing on how to use your DAW as your instrument to understand and work with music theory.

After completing this program, you'll be able to:

Stop Fishing for Chords

Learn what goes into chords, how they work, and what makes the sound you are looking for. Approach the MIDI grid like an old friend - not a stubborn enemy.

Scales, Chords, and Keys

Slam Academy is a community. While in this class, you will meet your next great collaborative partner, someone to share the stage with, or even your new best friend.

Create Emotion and Color in Your Tracks

Use timeless chord progressions to create the exact emotion you are looking for, without needing to be able to read notes or traditional music notation.

Produce, Mix, and Master

Use Ableton Live to mix and master your own songs so they sound as loud and clear as your favorite tracks.


Katie (K80) talks about her experience not even knowing how to open the program all the way to making her first tracks.

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Michael Evalds

Walking in, Michael couldn't even find the kick and the downbeat. Now he is making amazing tracks in Ableton Live.

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Ben Gardner (Bolo)

Listen to Ben talk about the resources he had access to as a student at Slam. Ben got from the classroom to the stage in no time.

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Meet Your Instructor:


J. Anthony Allen

Dr. J. Anthony Allen is a Minneapolis-based producer, composer, entrepreneur, and generalized maker-of-things. He is the author of the acclaimed textbook, "Music Theory for Electronic Music Producers" now available in 3 languages.


  • Instant access to course materials online
  • Exclusive Ableton Certified Training
  • 3 hours weekly class time online or in-person
  • 24 weeks of in-depth curriculum
  • 1-on-1 help guidance from instructors
  • Extra lab time available online
  • Personalized feedback on your tracks
  • Invitation to our private online community

This course has been independently reviewed and evaluated by the International Association of Online Music Educators and Institutions (, and has been found to meet or exceed their 5 criteria: Exceptional Pedagogy, Dynamic Delivery, Rich Media, Inviting Participation, and Affordability.
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Membership includes enrollment in one structured program at a time, and Members can add more concurrent programs for an additional $125/month per program.

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Our three Flagship courses - Ableton Live, Sound Design, and Music Theory - are all available immediately upon registration.

That's right, you get IMMEDIATE ACCESS to all three of our core music production programs when you start your Slam Academy Membership. Unlike our "Structured" programs that meet weekly at a scheduled time, our Flagship courses are designed for you to learn at your own pace.

Each Flagship course offers more than 200 pre-recorded video tutorials and course exercises, plus several options for weekly lab time online so you can still get your questions answered by an expert with personalized feedback.